Kent County

1st black female joins Kent Co. Circuit Court bench

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Circuit Court added its first ever black female judge Tuesday.

With her family by her side, Christina Elmore was sworn in by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. A former district court judge, she was elected to the circuit court in November.

She is the second black person to serve on the circuit court bench and the first black woman.

"I think it's important not only for the litigants who are in court, and a lot of times you feel that a judge doesn't know where you're coming from, doesn't understand you, can't be fair to you, whether it's real or perceived, it's an actual feeling that people have. Also, role models for kids that are coming up now, little girls, black girls, they can look up and see, 'Hey, that's something that I can do, too,'" Elmore said.

Elmore attended the University of Michigan and Tulane Law School.


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